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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Righteous Babe Records
  • ASIN: B00008IXCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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ANI DIFRANCO Evolve (2003 UK 12-track limited edition CD Anis thirteenth full studio release a batch of thought-provoking deeply personal songs & the definitive musical statement from the Little Folksinger & her five piece band touching on everything from folk & funk to Latin & Jazz housed in a superb grammy award winning embossed deluxe digipack picture sleeve with full lyric booklet in an embossed die-cut title slipcase. Yes this CD won a grammy for the packaging!

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By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
When Joni Mitchell moved from folk towards jazz she had difficulty taking her audience with her but produced some of her most sophisticated work. "Evolve" saw a chameleon change in Ani: the colours are different, but in many ways the entire album is brighter for them.
The key difference here is the horn section, which can also be heard on the excellent live album "So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter". Beautifully recorded and arranged, this is the real star of "Evolve", incorporated perfectly into the songwriting and lovingly supported by other musical elements such as the Hammond organ that swells throughout the opener, "Promised Land".
"Evolve" isn't a "big band" album; stripped down to guitar and vocal, these are still songs in Ani's accustomed style, but the band changes the way that the songs appear. The harmonies on "Icarus" take a song which could have appeared on her earlier albums and give them a brilliant twist. The edgy vocal group on "Slide" gives way to a delicate trumpet figures which really propel the entire song up a level before the entire section kicks in. "Welcome To:", already a great ballad, takes flight in the chorus due to the brass massed behind Ani's voice. "Here For Now" segues from mischievous Latin rhythms into a slick middle eighth underpinned by vibraphone tones.
If all this sounds too sensual - as if the instrumental sound is overwhelming the core songwriting - more ascetic Difranco fans can relish in the album's controversial centrepiece: ten minutes of political defiance accompanied solely by acoustic guitar on "Serpentine". For some listeners, it's the album's toughest and least appealing song, but as one comes to love the album it takes its place as a moment of clarity.
This isn't Difranco's only great album but, at the time of writing, it is her greatest, and as essential as "Little Plastic Castle" or "Not A Pretty Girl".
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Ok, this is Ani DiFrancos newest album as I'm sure you are aware. If you know any of her other work you should know that she is always changing her styles and techniques, so Evolve is no surprise. It has to be her most jazz influenced album and her voice is very focused compared to previous outings like Not A Pretty Girl where it was a bit all over the place. This new approach suits her voice and message, but it all seems a little unexpected... but that's the point isn't it? If it is, then this is another fantastic album from the wonderful Ani.
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I've owned this album for about a year and a half, and its only now that i really love it. The style moves through the usual ani acoustic guitar folk style to produce something jazz influenced and with the occassional flare of cuban brass. And after a while you realise it really works. Its definately a grower; the lyrics are still the same level of the wry wit and bitter kiss off lines that she throws away with aplomb, but it takes that bit longer to really appreciate them, becuase its not backed by the same frenetic pace as before. Its definately one to own for old ani fans looking for a new twist, and newcomers alike. Just give it a few plays and you'll see what I mean.
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Ani is difficult to categorize. She calls herself a folk artist but her music belies a wider range of influences and Evolve has more to do with jazz than anything she has done before. It is an album for hardened DiFranco fans and the ten minute track "Serpentine", denouncing capitalism, record companies and the other evils of the world, probably goes down better live than it does on this studio-recorded album - venomous but tedious after a listen or two. Much better is the classic Ani track "Welcome To" or the more adventurous "Icarus" and "Shrug". If you want to understand Ani DiFranco's music, this is probably not the place to start but for existing fans and perhaps a new jazz-centric audience this could be an excellent choice.
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